Julia Morgan collections at Cal Poly

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Gouache painting of Casa del Sol at San Simeon, from the Julia Morgan Papers, California Polytechnic State University.

Special Collections and Archives houses several collections that relate to architect Julia Morgan.

Types of materials include:

  • architectural drawings
  • correspondence with clients and colleagues
  • photographs
  • family and educational records of Morgan
  • research on Morgan projects compiled by Sara Holmes Boutelle
  • Online exhibit and Kennedy Library’s traveling exhibit

Searching the collections

The collections are searchable through the Online Archive of California. The easiest way to search across all Morgan-related collections is to use the left sidebar search box, and using keywords such as name, project title, or location. See below for a list of all related collections.

What’s been digitized?

We are digitizing materials from the collections on a regular basis. You can start a specific search here, using keywords such as client or project names, locations, or formats of materials. The extensive correspondence between Morgan and Hearst is digitized and can be browsed here. Most photos of Julia Morgan in our collections can be found here.

Tips on searching for materials in the collections:

  • Most projects are identified by client name, type of project, city, and date–not by street address. Contact us directly if you’d like us to search by address.
  • FF stands for Flat File, which indicates that the folder contains oversized drawings. TUBE indicates that the material is oversized (5 ft. or longer).
  • A flat file folder can contain between 1 to 15 drawings. A box folder can contain between 1 to 30 items. A tube contains 1 to 2 items.
  • In the Morgan and Boutelle Papers, project work is divided into three categories: Project records (usually correspondence and records), project drawings, and project photographs.
  • It is important to track the collection title or manuscript number (MS010, MS027, MS141, etc.) in order to differentiate between collections when requesting materials. For example, there is a Box 1 in MS010 and MS 141.

Morgan and Boutelle collections:

The Julia Morgan Papers (MS010) are the personal and professional records of Julia Morgan, donated by Morgan’s heir in 1980. The National Board of the YWCA; Earl and Wright, Consulting Engineers; Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Hearst Jr.; and other donors who which to remain anonymous have made significant additional donations to the collection.

The Sara Holmes Boutelle Papers (MS141) contain the papers of architectural historian Sara Holmes Boutelle, including extensive correspondence, research notes, photographs, interview notes, book drafts, articles, book reviews, presentation notes, and newspaper clippings, primarily relating to California architect Julia Morgan, women in American architecture, and historic preservation in the Bay Area, donated by her heirs in 2000.

Original Julia Morgan materials found in Boutelle’s papers have been processed separately as the Julia Morgan–Sara Holmes Boutelle Collection (MS027).

Related collections include:

Julia Morgan–Walter T. Steilberg Collection (MS144): Collection of architect and engineer Walter T. Steilberg, who worked for Julia Morgan in the 1920s and 1930s, including vintage photographic prints of Morgan projects and Steilberg’s published and unpublished recollections of Morgan and her practice.

Saratoga Foothill Club Julia Morgan Blueprints (MS178): Blueprints and specifications of masonry, millwork, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work, for the “Saratoga Foothill Club House,” July 1915.

Edward G. Trinkkeller Papers (MS097): Collection of family papers, office records, and photographs, including ironwork for William Randolph Hearst at his San Simeon estate where Trinkkeller collaborated with architect Julia Morgan; correspondence and photographs within the collection document their work together.

Additional collections specific to Morgan-client William R. Hearst:

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Oral History Project: Over 100 interviews conducted by Hearst Castle staff, with castle employees, guests, and other individuals associated with San Simeon. Searchable via the library’s catalog. Cal Poly can provide physical on-site access to oral history transcripts.

Hayes Perkins San Simeon Diaries (MS051): Five volumes of typescript diary entitled Here and There: The Diary of Hayes Perkins. Perkins worked for Hearst at both his San Simeon and Wyntoon estates.

Hearst-Grand Canyon Collection (MS049): Photographs, photocopies, and microfiche of federal records relating to property on the south rim of the Grand Canyon once owned by William Randolph Hearst.

William Randolph Hearst and Emmett Reilly Correspondence (MS 055): Correspondence from William Randolph Hearst and Millicent Hearst to San Simeon chef Emmett Reilly.

Hearst Ranch and Cayucos Photograph Collection (MS158): Contains nine vintage snapshots and 1 mounted print believed to have been taken by longtime Central Coast resident Clayton Leonard Morss (1891-1967). Includes black-and-white snapshots of construction of the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, California, in the 1920s, and albumen prints of the town of Cayucos, California in the 1890s.

 Collections at other institutions:

The Bancroft Library and Environmental Design Archives at Berkeley hold major collections of Morgan materials. Find them on the Online Archive of California.

Oral histories with Julia Morgan family and colleagues from the Regional Oral History Office at Bancroft Library, available online via the Internet Archive: Volume 1, Volume 2, audio.

Please contact us with any questions you have!